Singers - Tenors and Basses
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Joel Karn (Bass)
David Walworth (Bass)
Paul Aitken (Bass/Tenor)
Ben Keller (Tenor)
Ben Bouton (Tenor)
Jeff Selden (Bass)
Santa Barbara, California
Reginald Unterseher (Bass)
Billy Buhl (Bass)
Gary Gross (Tenor)
Battle Ground, Washington
Evan Miles (Tenor)
Matt Pierce (Bass)
Brian Hoskins (Bass)
Joseph To (Tenor)
Joe Strandjord (Tenor)
Brian Mitchell (Bass)
Erik Edmundson (Bass)
La Center, Washington
Justin Raffa (Tenor)
Jacob Funk (Tenor)
Joel Karn is Director of Choirs at Heritage High School in Vancouver, Washington. He received his Bachelors degree in Music from Portland State University, where he also received his Master of Education. He is a member of ACDA as well as the Lower Columbia Regional Music Educators, serving as President in 2006. Joel received his National Board Certification in 2008. He is currently serving as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choirs for the Washington ACDA.
Jeff Selden joined Chor Anno in 2019. Although his formal education is in mathematics (Ph.D., University of Arizona, 2004), Jeff has been devoted to music since his early teens. His previous choral experience includes the Birmingham Symphony Chorus (UK) and the University of Wyoming Collegiate Chorale. In addition to singing, Jeff plays guitar, banjo, and bass.
This year, Matthew Pierce accepted a new position in the Bend, Oregon schools. He taught previously at the Middle and High Schools in Astoria. He brought anearly non-existent choral program to competing at the state level for the first time in Astoria High School history. His groups have performed in concerts with Genesis and the New York Voices. Matthew graduated from Western Oregon University with his Bachelor of Music degree and Master of Arts in Teaching where he performed with many various ensembles from Chamber Choir to Jazz Ensembles and solo performances. He has performed with the North Coast Big band, North Coast Chorale, String of Pearls as well as his own group The Main Course Quartet.
Brian began teaching at Mark Morris High School, Longview, in 1996. Both his Bachelor's degree and his Master's degree were earned at Central Washington University. Mitchell performs regularly in the Longview/Kelso area with church and civic groups and is the vocalist in a jazz quartet “Off the Cuff.” He is a past- president of Washington's chapter of ACDA. Brian recently earned credentials as an administrator and began work as Assistant Principal at Mark Morris High School in 2018. Brian and his wife Jenny are both educators. In his spare time Brian loves wood working, photography, and fly fishing.
David Walworth (Kelso) was Music Coordinator for the Longview Schools. David has enjoyed a full career in music education spanning over 40 years in Bellingham, Kelso and Longview. He spent most of his career teaching high school choral music, but also worked at the middle school level in both choral and instrumental music. He has served as musical director and orchestra conductor of over 30 school and community musical productions at R. A. Long High School in Longview. He remains active as a percussionist with the Southwest Washington Symphony, choir director at Trinity Lutheran Church, and as a singer with Columbian Choral Ensemble.
Reg Unterseher is a composer, voice teacher, and conductor. His compositions and arrangements are published by Oxford University Press, Walton Music, and the Northwest Choral Consortium. He is Music Director and Composer-in-Residence at Shalom United Church of Christ, Richland, Washington, and is a member of Male Ensemble Northwest. He maintains a private voice studio, and often serves as a choral and vocal adjudicator and clinician. He is currently the Repertoire and Standards chair for Men's Choirs in the NW ACDA. Please visit Reg's website for more information.
Brian Hoskins has degrees in music education from WSU and from the Steinhardt School at New York University. He currently serves as the choral director at Nelsen Middle School and Lindbergh High School in Renton, Washington. He is a two-time recipient of the “Ahead of the Class: Excellence in Teaching Award” given to outstanding teachers by the Renton Chamber of Commerce. Brian studied choral conducting in New York with Francisco Nunez, founder of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City and world-renowned composer. He performs with the Wes Weddell “Super Band” throughout the year. Brian is currently director of the Young Men's Ensemble and Co-Director of the Rainier Youth Choir's Consonare.
Erik became a member of Chor Anno in 2013. Erik is the director of vocal music at Camas Middle School in Camas, Washington. He has been a member and soloist for the Columbian Choral Ensemble as well as ensembles at Portland State and the University of Oregon. He lives in La Center with his wife, Bethany, and his two children, Jasmine and Elijah.
Paul A. Aitken served Director of Music & Worship Arts at the Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise, Idaho until he and his wife, MacKenzie moved to Parrsboro, Nova Scotia in 2020. Paul was in charge of twenty ensembles and a professional staff spanning two campuses. The first ever winner of the ACDA Brock Student Composition Competition for his piece “Flanders Fields.” . Dr. Aitken holds degrees from the University of Western Ontario, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and the University of Oklahoma. You may commission works by Paul HERE or see some of his compositions HERE.
While he and Maczkenzie live many miles away, it would never surprise us to see them with us in concert!
Joseph To graduated from the University of Washington with a BM in Music Education (vocal emphasis) He is actively involved in professional choral activities, including singing in Opus 7 and Seattle Symphony Chorale. He also founded and served as director of Viva Voce (2014) and Amusia (2017) at Seattle Central College and the University of Washington. He also served as choir director of the Japanese Baptist Church in Seattle and led the children music program on Sunday. He started his graduate study in the Fall of 2018 at Washington State University focusing on choral conducting.
Justin is originally from South Jersey. Justin has a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton. He taught music in Bisbee, AZ before receiving his Master of Music degree in choral conducting from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Justin has sung with the Berkshire Choral Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Voces Novae et Antiquae, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival, and ongoing performances as a founding member of the Tucson Chamber Artists (now called True Concord). In addition to Chor Anno, Justin is a member of Male Ensemble Northwest alongside his friend and voice instructor, Reginald Unterseher. .
Dr. Benjamin Keller received his Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Music degrees from Pacific Lutheran University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona. He directed choirs at Lakes High School in the Clover Park School District in Lakewood, WA, retiring from this position in 2013. They gained a well-deserved reputation for excellence. He has received numerous awards throughout his career including the Employee of the Year from the Clover Park School District in 1999, Outstanding Music Educator of the Year for the Mountain Region of the Washington Music Education Association in 2000 and 2006 and the Roots and Wings award from the United Methodist Church of Lakewood for his dedication to improving the lives of youth and children.
Gary Gross first sang in a choir directed by Howard Meharg, founder of Chor Anno, in 1973. He has a diverse choral experience, both international and domestic. Gary is the owner and Meadmaster of Ethereal Meads LLC (honey-based wines). He lives just outside Vancouver. Try Gary's fantastic meads at http://www.etherealmeads.com/
Joe teaches special education classes in the Cathlamet, Washington school district. He graduated with a major in Music Education Secondary Choral from Pacific Lutheran University in 1984. While at PLU, Joe sang in the Choir of the West for four years, under directors Maurice Skones, Ed Harmic, and Richard Sparks. Joe has sung with Male Ensemble Northwest and currently sings in Choro in Schola, Bruce Browne, conductor. Joe has served as pastor at ELCA parishes in Harlem, Hogeland, Bigfork, and Turner, Montana, Clatskanie and St. Helens, Oregon.
Jacob Funk comes to the Northwest from Kansas City where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting at the University of Missouri—Kansas City. He earned his masters in choral conducting from the University of British Columbia, and his undergraduate degree in vocal performance from John Brown University. He has been on the music faculty of John Brown University and Northwest Arkansas Community College. Jacob has taught 5-12 grade vocal music in the state of Kansas. He teaches at Clark College, Vancouver, where he is the Director of Choirs.
Billy Buhl (Vancouver) joins us for the 2018 concerts. Buhl graduated from Central Washington University with a degree in Choral Music Education. Billy is the director of choral music at Mark Morris High School in Longview, Washington, where he has been for two years. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree through Central Washington University’s Summer Masters in Music Education Program. Billy resides in Vancouver, Washington, where he is the assistant director of the Vancouver Chamber Singers, a community choir under the direction of Joel Karn. He is an active member of ACDA, WMEA, and JEN.
A native New Englander, Benjamin Bouton is currently the Choral Director at Gaiser and Thomas Jefferson Middle Schools in Vancouver, Washington. Benjamin earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster Choir College, and his Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from Boston University, where he studied with Dr. Ann Howard Jones. As a choral musician, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic and Philadelphia Orchestra, and currently sings with Portland based Choro in Schola. Benjamin lives in Vancouver, Washington with his wife, Tara, and two kids Cormac and Conley.
A native Portlander, Evan is the Founding Artistic Director of the Eugene Gay Men's Chorus and the Director of Worship Music at Moreland Presbyterian Church. Most recently, Evan served as Adjunct Director of Choral Activities at Linfield College and as a Guest Conductor for the Portland Gay Men's Chorus China Tour in 2018. Evan has sung with the Berwick Chorus of the Oregon Bach Festival, the St. James Collegium of the Proto-Cathedral in Vancouver, Vox Resonat of Eugene, and with the Eugene Symphony Chorus. Evan earned a Bachelor's of Music Education from Portland State University, where he studied under Dr. Ethan Sperry, and a Master's in Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon under Dr. Sharon Paul.